Gothic/doom metal band Draconian has announced through their official sources that the search for a new singer has ended. Joining their ranks is Heike Langhans, a South African singer. She will replace Lisa Johansson, who left the band last year.

This is the band's statement: "It has been nearly a year since last we braced the stages and said our goodbyes to Lisa. We had no intent of collecting dust and taking up old man's hobbies, so we set out to find a new female singer. For a band such as Draconian, this is no easy task and quite possibly the reason it has taken what seems to be ages. We thank our friends and fans greatly for their patience and a great thanks to everyone who took the time to apply for the position. We rifled through more than a hundred applications from countries far and wide and ended up finding a suitable singer in the most unexpected country of them all."

"The Horde is pleased to announce our newest member, Heike Langhans - all the way from South Africa. She has since relocated to Sweden in order to join the band and has fit it superbly. She's a true doomster at heart and brings an even greater emotional flair to our sound. Our journey thus continues and writing for the new album has already begun. As Fall approaches, we ready ourselves for some serious rehearsal, recording and tour planning. We look forward to seeing you all out there again!"

A few words from the lady herself: "Greetings to all, I will start off by saying that Lisa will be dearly missed. Replacing a voice such as hers is a concept foreign to most fans, myself included. I've listened to Draconian for many years and share the same sentiments as you do. She will never be forgotten and we wish her well for the future.

That being said, this is a new era for Draconian and one to look forward to. My joining has not been an easy process. Dealing with Embassies, Migration boards and countless authority figures has delayed the joining process slightly, but we do what we can and remain patient. All in the name of doom.

The last few months have been busy indeed. Traveling back and forth, rehearsing and getting to know my new surroundings has been exciting and hard work. I used to believe it can't be done, but I've proved to myself and others that everything we are passionate about in life is worth fighting for.

As a new member, I have prepared myself for the positive as well as the negative, but would like to thank all the kindness I've received so far from fans upon the release of Draconian's 'Lake of Tears' tribute song, 'Demon you/Lilly Anne'. Though my part in it was not big, it's a little taste of things to come. I'm immensely excited to share a stage with these like-minded individuals and to touch the hearts of people all over the world with our musical poetry.

I'll see you all soon! From my heart to yours, Heike."

[Also thanks to Behdad K2 for sending in this news!]

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Posted: 20.09.2012 by aldurunarediviva


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Carl Berg - 20.09.2012 at 13:36  
Yarrrrr!!! Can't wait to hear the her on a new album!
Lokaeda - 20.09.2012 at 15:11  
She's extra cute
BogdanIonut - 20.09.2012 at 15:15  
Holy shit, what a doomster! I checked her voice in a Draconian tribute song, she sounds pretty good, looking forward to hear her in Draconian's next album!
Unhealer - 20.09.2012 at 15:24  
Her voice is lovely and based on her solo music she could contribute a thing or two to the music, let's see how it goes
Nice cthulhu pendant (?)
Vonpire - 20.09.2012 at 15:57  
Written by Guest on 20.09.2012 at 15:11

She's extra cute

Pute cute in it [drolls] !
Cassian - 20.09.2012 at 17:30  
She looks perfect for Draconian! Hope to hear her voice really soon.
BudDa - 20.09.2012 at 17:37  
Am not really a huge fan of this band so I can't tell how she compares with Lisa, but she hardly does any singing on the tribute...for me to pass judgement
Draugen - 20.09.2012 at 18:12  
I am really looking forward to see how the next album turns out. More doom would be a welcomed change although I highly doubt that that will be the case. But one could always hope...
Mad Arab666 - 20.09.2012 at 18:18  
Best news I've had all day
serega25 - 20.09.2012 at 18:29  
Im so happy! And, she is really cute...
AngelofDeth - 20.09.2012 at 19:52  
Ohhhhhhh Yeahhhh
PocketMetal - 20.09.2012 at 20:08  
She seems to be the perfect choice , I hope Draconian comes back strong .
Opethian - 20.09.2012 at 21:07  
She looks like a young Tarja! Hoping for the best Their 2011 release was Poo
Dark Blood - 21.09.2012 at 00:03  
I did a little research on her and I've found that she has a solo project called Lorelei where she basically sings an alternative style with a dark atmosphere and doomish elements ( Pretty nice combination with Draconian if you ask me. I'm very curious on how she'll fit into the band. And the she's very pretty as well.
kingeryck - 21.09.2012 at 01:29  
It's gonna be tough to replace Lisa, I hope we're not disappointed.
Night Sight - 21.09.2012 at 22:06  
She is very very cute,hope she can sing as well
advent - 21.09.2012 at 22:22  
Oh Man , I can't stop looking at her picture.

Hope she do well , and for the band to return more doomish.
Behdad K - 23.09.2012 at 19:56  
Here's something I have in my mind, after Lisa's departure from the band and I wanted to share it with you guys.

I think, the very first thing we'll seek in Heike's voice would be resemblance with Lisa's. That would be totally wrong.
We should not expect another Lisa.
We must expect Heike.
I'm sure the band themselves had this point in mind, but we should note that Heike is not Lisa. She is herself.

Heike has some great musical experiments and will surely can add something new to the band's music.

I'm waiting eagerly for the new album and to hear Heike's voice.

I'm sure I'm going to experience another great Draconian album with another great female singer.
Monolithic - 23.09.2012 at 23:51  
We'll just wait for her to prove her abilities. I'm sure the band has made a thoughtful decision.
Thymournia - 29.09.2012 at 03:20  
Alas....... everyone is just looking at her picture and judging how the music will be in the next album.....

Blasphemer1992 - 30.09.2012 at 19:58  
If her voice is as awesome as this picture i'll be on cloud nine \m/
Selene - 06.10.2012 at 13:10  
Wow! From South Africa? That is really most unexpected country I would think of!
Looking forward to hear Heike in Draconian´s first album with her!

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